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Boy to Meet Crew Who Saved His Life

06 July 2007

6 July 2007

The family of a little boy whose life was saved by an ambulance crew are taking him to Haxby Ambulance Station to say thank you.

Two and half year old William Chidsey was rushed to hospital with bacterial meningitis in November last year. His mum Katie Hornsby said when she got up in the morning William clearly wasn't well:

"My alarm went off at 8am and I went to check on William. He'd been ill the night before and when I went in he was covered in a rash. I phoned NHS Direct who advised me to call an ambulance. I phoned 999 and the ambulance arrived so quickly I was still on the phone to the Control Room operator."

Haxby crew Neil Roberts and Tim Savage carried out the tumbler test on William, and on realising he had meningitis rushed him to York Hospital. On the way he was given a shot of penicillin which staff at the hospital say saved his life.

Technician Tim said: "William is a very lucky lad. His parents realised there was something seriously wrong and acted very quickly."

William was transferred to Leeds General Infirmary where he was put on various machines to keep him alive while he fought the serious infection. After two weeks in the Intensive Care Unit William was well enough to be transferred back to York Hospital where he spent another three weeks before he was able to go home.

Katie says: "William is fine now. He's a normal two and a half year old and has suffered no long-term side effects from his illness.

"We are so grateful to all the people who were involved in keeping William alive and bringing him back home to us."

You are invited to send a photographer / reporter to Haxby Ambulance Station on Monday 9 July at 9:15am where William and his family will be meeting the crew that saved his life. There will be a chance to speak to ambulance staff and the family.

Notes to Editors:

1. Haxby Ambulance Station is on York Road in Haxby, YO32 3DY.

2. The Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) is now in its second year of operation. It was formed on 1 July 2006 when the three Yorkshire-based services merged. It operates 60 Ambulance Stations throughout the county, with the main headquarters in Wakefield. YAS serves a population of 5.4 million people and covers varying terrain from coastal areas, large urban areas and inner cities to dales and rural expanses covering an area of 6,000 square miles.

3. In the event of a medical emergency you should call 999 for an ambulance. The following are considered emergencies and will be dealt with as Category A calls which we aim to respond to within eight minutes:

  • Chest Pain
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe loss of blood
  • Choking
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Fitting/convulsions
  • Road traffic accidents

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department